Saturday, April 16, 2011

Pistachio Nan Khatai for Lite Tea Bites

I owe the growing success of this blog to my Son. He is the little blessing in my life who has taught me new dimensions of life all together. I'm reliving my childhood through him by enjoying the NATURE to the fullest. I must confess that how I get excited at seeing an Airplane fly over and how both us wave at it together with our hands up. I love chasing birds and butterflies in the park with him; get amused by watching Nick Jr. and now even love Kids food, finish all the meals that he leaves unfinished - within few minutes :) 
Last weekend, we were enjoying our evening cup of tea with Almond biscotti. When I dunked and swirled it in my tea, I was reminded of my favorite Traditional Indian biscuit - "Nan Khatai". I simply craved to have some freshly baked khatai's with my hot cup of tea. Next thing I found myself 
surfing the net for a Nan khatai recipe. Found a couple of good recipes and adapted it for my family.

These cute little khatais are an absolute delight with tea or coffee. These eggless biscuits are quite lite and crispy. The classic khatai is conventionally made with all purpose flour and aromatic cardamom flavor, topped with either pistachios, cashews or almonds. Here in my version I have added some chickpea flour and semolina and garnished it with crushed pistachios. The cookies are really simple and easy to bake and perfect in taste. So here's a super easy & quick recipe...

All Purpose Flour: 3/4 cup
Besan or Chickpea Flour: 2 tsp
Semolina: 2 tsp
Butter: 3/4 stick (softened at room temperature)
Sugar: 1/4 cup or add more to taste
Cardamom Powder: 1/2 tsp
Baking Powder: 1/2 tsp
Pistachios: few for garnishing

Let the butter soften at room temperature. Whip it with a spatula and add sugar.
Sift all purpose flour, chickpea flour and semolina together. Add baking powder and sift again.
Mix freshly crushed cardamom powder for aromatic flavor.
Add butter and sugar mix in the flour mix. Knead to make a dough.
Can add little more butter if required to make the dough.
Put the dough in ziplock and let it rest for 10-15 minutes.
In the mean time, pre heat the oven to 300 F and line the cookie tray with parchment paper or silpat mat.
Take out the dough, give it a knead again.
Make small ball around 1 inch for small cookies and a litter bigger dough, if you like big cookies.
Keep ample distance between the balls as they spread upon baking.
Add crushed pistachios on the top and press it gently on the balls.
Bake it for 15-18 minutes at 300 Deg F till done.

Take out the cookies and cool completely on the wire rack.

Take a bite......Too Good !!!

These cookies are rich and fragrant !!!

Enjoy with your evening cup of Five Spice Chai !!!

My Family enjoyed these Pistachio Nan Khatai's, hope you like'em too !!!

Sharing the khatais with Hearth and Soul Hop; Lets Do Brunch


  1. Lovely tea cookies! Perfect for you and your son :) So cool to hear that you're rediscovering stuff you maybe stopped being so interested in when you reached a certain age. :)

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  2. this biscuits look amazing and your right about kids they make the World a better place I have a 2 1/2 yr old :-)

  3. I like cardamom and pistachio in cookies. Does the texture become more crumbly with semolina/chickpea flour added?

  4. These are so lovely and nice to add chickpea flour and semolina :)

  5. The cookies look so lovely and crispy.

  6. Nan Khatai's are one of my favourite cookies. I too make them by adding little besan and sooji..the texture seems to be perfect. Have fun with ur son.

  7. These nan khatai's looks nice and crispy.

  8. maybe will back some tomorrow,wish ya happy week ahead,

  9. Thanks a lot my dear Friends...!
    @ Ilke, No the cookies dont crumble after adding a little of chickpea flour and semolina. Infact it adds to the crunch and some nutrition....regards, MCF !

  10. Hi Sonia,

    Nankhatai's are one of our favorite cookies and these look so crunchy and the pistachio topping..and lovely pics as always! Enjoy your Sunday!

  11. Nankatai`s are my fav & love the addition of pistachios!!
    Prathima Rao
    Prats Corner

  12. Pistachio flavored treats are the best! these look delicious.

  13. Look very very tempting....Beautiful clicks...

  14. These cookies with besan and semolina looks and sounds delicious! I have never tried cookies with besan but I do like it in savory pancakes.

  15. yummy looking naan khatai haven't made with besan in it looks soft and delicious

  16. That looks delicious. I have never added chickpea flour to my nn khatais although I do usually add some semolina to giev it soem crunch. I sometiems also add a little bit of saffron to it. I might have tto try your recipe sometime soon.

  17. Thank you to all, for liking the addition of chickpea flour, the cookies came out really well.... !

  18. Between the semolina, pistachio, and cardamom in these cookies, I can't decide which component makes me more excited. Wish I could take a big one =D.

  19. What a unique and classy looking little treat!

  20. i love pistachios and these cookies are perfect cookies with a cup of tea. thanks for sharing

  21. Gorgeous n delicious nan khatais! Would love to have one with my cup of coffee!
    US Masala

  22. My son's my inspiration too :-). I just made nan khatai about a week back and the post is still lying in my drafts (oops!). But when I made it, my husband a mumbaikar, was reminded of his childhood where literally everyday after school he used to stop by the bakery to buy some nan khatais.
    Totally love the nanakhatais with pistachio and it's really tempting me to bake more. I'm craving for some to have with my morning tea now. :-(

  23. Thank you thank you thank you for sharing this. I had totally forgotten about these... The recipe doesn't even look that complicated .. I just need to to buy pistachio and I will all ready to make a batch ..
    Beautiful clicks ..and the basket is SO cute !

  24. They looks rich and scrumptious..

  25. Lovely lip-smacking nan-khatis has always been myfavourite since childhood and it still continues to fascinate me.The basket full of round
    cookies looks beautiful.Fine clicks.

  26. I love dainty little tea cookies or bites and yours looks incredible. So yummy I can just take them from the screen! might make soon for my grandmother

  27. These cookies look so pretty, light and tasty. I love the combination of cardamon and pistachio. Perfect with a cup of tea. Have a great week Sonia :-)

  28. mmm I adore anything pistachio :) and great timing, I was just wondering what I should do with some chick pea flour I just bought. can't wait to try these!

  29. Those are lovely cookies! I'd love to have one or two with my tea.



  30. I also enjoy looking at the world through my son's eyes! So much joy!

    These cookies sound and look beautiful! I love the subtle color of the pistachios. Such an elegant cookie! Thanks for sharing this recipe with the Hearth and Soul Hop.

  31. These Nankahati looks awesome dleicious. Thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop

  32. The nan khatai's look so perfect .... light crunchy and yummy. I'm a big sucker for these and can almost never resist them. Thanks for sharing :-)

  33. Perfectly baked nankhatais.
    Plz collect an award from my blog.

  34. I love the name of your blog and I also think the cookies are a real treat. They have a pretty appearance which is a plus.

  35. I remember when my son was little, and have lovely memories of things like you described - especially planes and fire engines!

    Your cookies look so beautiful and elegant. I love pistachios and these sound like such a treat with a cup of tea. Thank you so much for sharing them with Let's Do Brunch. Hope you will come along and link up again this week!

  36. Great nan khatai recipe. I have two other versions you might enjoy. Will also be posting a coconut version in the next couple of weeks:




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